Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wild Card Pairing

Canadian Fashion Blogger, Dress and Booties
Canadian Fashion, Bright Heels
Lace Up Dress, Pink Heels
Canadian Fashion Blogger, Pink Ankle Boots
What:
Dress- Mackage via Winners (love this similar zippered style)
Shoes- DKNY via Winners

Judging by my previous outfit, I have a thing for olive green!  Typically I pair it with blacks, browns and beiges, but my favourite of all is the wild card pairing of Olive and Fuchsia!

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Olive Romper

Olive Romper, Canadian Fashion Blogger
What:
Romper-Self Made
Shoes- Aldo, Thrifted (similar)

I made this romper about 4 years ago, and it's been forever since I last wore it.  
Lately I've been digging out a lot of old treasures from my closet...I guess there's a reason my mom always tells me I have too much clothes....and lets not even start with what my hubby has to say about that subject...haha!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Dressing my Pants

Canadian Fashion Blogger, Wearing a Brooch
Silver Brooch
Dress, Pants, Silver Pumps
Dress over Jeans
What:
Dress (as top)- H&M, old (similar in Navy)
Jeans- Gap
Pumps- Winners (love these)

I've mentioned it a few times on here, my current obsession of dresses and skirts worn over pants, so of course this seemed like the perfect pairing to me!
I used a brooch to pin up the hem of the dress a little bit for added interest...another option would be to tie a knot it in, but the silver of the brooch ties in the shoes so well.
Here's what this dress looks like un-brooched!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Competition

What:
Tank- via Hautelook
Shorts- Winners (similar)
Pumps- Winners (similar)

This is totally unrelated to my outfit post and fashion...haha...I ran my mountain half marathon on Saturday, and I'm quite happy with how it turned out!  Last year when I trained for it I focused more on running, and the only cross training I did was hiking.  This year I focused a lot more on cross training my legs, and as a result I shaved 19 minutes off my time from last year!  I'm never going to be the girl that wins the race, but it's always fun to compete against myself!

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Bold and Bolder

Bright Dress, One Shoulder Dress, Printed Shoes, Bib Necklace
Stone Statement Necklace
Hi-Low Hem
What:
Dress- Self Made and DIY Project (I sewed the dress with this pattern, but removed the one shoulder)
Necklace- Self Made
Shoes- Sophia Webster

I don't like following rules.  I think a crazy dress like this would usually call for understated jewelry and a nude heel...instead I went in the complete opposite direction!

Crazy dress, Check!
Bold Necklace, Check!
Printed Shoes, Check!

I wish I could wear outfits like this everyday!

Speaking of this necklace...I made it over a year ago, along with a few other similar ones....so the question is, should I sell some of them on my Etsy Shop?  Or would you like a tutorial on how to make your own?  Or maybe I'm the only one who loves this crazy necklace so much!?! haha

And on a totally unrelated note, as you're reading this I'm most likely running (crawling) up a Mountain!  It's half marathon day...and I'm going up hill 2000ft before I get to roll down (haha!) the rest of the way.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Easiest Hi-Low Hem DIY Ever!

DIY Clothing, Mullet Skirt, Hi Low Hem
A few weeks ago I was going through my alterations pile, and came across this dress I made (I even did the crazy fabric dye job..haha) 6 years ago to wear to a friends wedding.  I only wore the dress that once partially because it's so loud, and also because I thought I needed to straighten the hem a little bit.
I decided that this dress would probably be the perfect candidate for a hi-low hem, so I tried on the dress, and flipped under the front section to see if that's what I wanted to do.  I was thinking I would end up cutting the front section out to create the hi-low hem, but when I saw how the skirt looked simply pinned up, I scratched that plan, and realized I had the perfect solution by only using 3 safety pins!

It's a NO SEW DIY project that can easily be undone at anytime!!

I wouldn't try this on a skirt any shorter than mid-length, otherwise you're heading into inappropriate territory...haha.  This will work best on a skirt or dress that has a waistband or waist seam that can easily be pinned onto.
Hi Low Hem Skirt Tutorial
All you have to do is pin the bottom of the skirt front under, onto the waistband or seam so it doesn't show from the right side of the skirt or dress.  I flipped up the skirt of my dress, and folded the skirt down in half, then I used 3 safety pins to pin the hem to the waist seam, one in the centre, and two on either side spaced out about 4 inches apart.  Then flip the skirt down, and you're all done!
If you find that your skirt is too short in the front when you try this, you could always take 3 wide equal length pieces of ribbon, and use 6 safety pins instead, pinning one end of the ribbon onto the waist seam, and the other end onto the hem of the skirt.  Adjust the length of the ribbon according to how much length you need to add the the front of the skirt.
Hi Low Hem, Mullet Skirt, Tie Dyed Dress
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hidden

 
 
What:
Romper- Self Made (I used this pattern, eliminated the strap and added a ruffle to the top)
Shoes- Calvin Klein

I made this romper probably 4 years ago, but had totally forgotten about it in the bottom on my closet until a few weeks ago when I was doing a bit of a bedroom clean out!  I love finding hidden treasures!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Dressing Cheaply: A Sewing Snob Rant!



What:
Dress- Clover Canyon via Winners (love this one)
Necklace- Suzy Shier

I have a weakness for bright funky prints, so of course I love everything Clover Canyon makes!
I found this dress on Clearance at Winners this week, it was pretty exciting to only pay $36 for a dress that retails closer to $300.  
But...at the same time, I don't really understand how they can sell their clothes for such crazy prices, when the only "real special" thing about them in the print!  As a sewer, I expect higher quality workmanship and fabric from anything that is more expensive.  
The fabric of this dress is a polyester spandex blend that is only slightly better quality than you would find at Forever21 for $15!  The seams were only serged together (pretty much the fastest way to sew something), and the skirt wasn't even hemmed, meaning they just cut the bottom edge, and didn't bother to do anything to it because they know that the knit fabric won't fray.
Basically I could find enough fabric to make this dress for under $10, and it would maybe take half an hour to sew.  I couldn't imagine ever paying full price for a simple design with such basic fabric.  Maybe I'm just a sewing snob...haha!...but when something so simple is priced over $100, I at least expect the fabric to be made from a silk blend, or something more luxurious than polyester!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Blending In and Fading Out

What:
Top- DIY Project
Skirt- Thrifted (similar)
Sandals- Marks

My skirt may be blending in to the background...my purple hair...not so much!
It is starting to fade...but I sorta love the faded shade even more.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Questions and Answers

I can't remember when I last did one of "these things"...it's been a few years.
Luckily I don't have any other blog posts ready (only a gazillion of half finished projects because I'm waiting for supplies to come in the mail!!!) so I'll do this instead!

I was given the Liebster award from Bolaji of the blog Velvet Row...you can check out her post for the rules because I'm much to lazy to post them...is that bad? haha...and while you're there you should also check out her DIY projects!

Part of accepting the Liebster Award required me to answer some questions that Bolaji's asked... 

1) How did you choose your blog's name?
My first name is Natasha, and my middle name is Delrae.  
The first few years my blogs name was Required2BeInspired, but I feel like I out grew the name, it sounded too arrogant in my head, like I was saying that people were required to be inspired after reading my blog.  I ended up re-naming it Tasha Delrae because I knew that no matter what I blogged about it would always be my blog.

2) What keeps you motivated to post consistently?
Ummm...I don't post consistently!! haha
But when I do...
The stars must of aligned!
I try to post at least 3 times a week, but sometimes life gets so busy.  As much as I'd love to consistently post at least one DIY post a week along with 3 or 4 outfits, I know it can't do that all the time because to me my family and my sanity is more important to me than writing a blog post.

3) Best city/country you've been to?
I'd say that Canada is the best country...right?!? haha
As for travelling my favourite city was probably Hong Kong, I'd love to go back and wander through the market places...although it's been about 15 years since I've been there, so maybe it wouldn't seem so cool anymore!

4) Gold or silver jewellery?
There was a time that I only liked white gold/silver, but lately I've been drawn more to gold and I quite like rose gold!

5) Do you play any musical instruments?
Maybe if I ever get the broken string fixed on my Violin I could still play it!

6) Favorite kinds of blogs?
I mostly read (more like look at pictures) fashion (daily outfit/streetstyle) blogs.  Lately I've added a lot of sewing and DIY blogs to the mix along with a few fitness and healthy eating blogs.

7) Favorite blog?
I'm going to break this up into categories!
Fashion: Late Afternoon for breezy summer looks and My Edit for perfectly modern vintage outfits!
Sewing: Sewaholic - She has her own pattern line!
Fitness: Pumps and Iron - You have to try her workouts!
Healthy Eating: Inspiralized - Veggie Noodles have never looked (or tasted) so good!

8) What are your 3 holy grail skincare products?
Facial Oil,  I made my own night oil with half grape seed oil, half argan oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil and Vitamin E oil.  My skin has never felt better!
Body Oil,  Right now I'm using a whipped body butter I made from coconut oil (75%) and grape seed oil (25%) with some citrus essential oils mixed in.
A good scrub,  I like to used coffee grounds either mixed with water or oil.

9) If you had to shop from one brand of beauty products for the rest of your life, which would it be?
I'd go with Stila, I love their felt tipped eyeliner.  It's perfect for a simple cat eye, and they have so many colour choices!

10) Which blogger/vlogger inspires you most?
All the ladies I mentioned in Question 7, along with countless others.

11) Skincare/beauty product recommendation?
Try making your own!  I have a few recipes for all natural makeup here, and there's lots of other ideas on pinterest!

And now...because I never follow the rules I'm only going to nominate 3 bloggers:


Here are the questions I would like them to answer:
Actually I wish everyone would answer them...questionnaires are actually a fun way to get to know a blogger!

1.  Does blogging feel more like a hobby or a chore and why?
2.  If you could represent any brand, which one would you choose and why?
3.  What's your favourite F word?
4.  If you could learn to make anything new, what would it be?
5.  Describe your favourite outfit.  (That counts as a question right?..haha)
6.  Is there any style of clothing that you would love to wear, but can't?  What and why?
7.  What do you wish you had more time for?
8.  If calories meant nothing, what would you stuff your face with?
9.  What are your favourite online shops?
10.  If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
11.  Which blogger would you want to spend a day shopping with?

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